Learning Opportunities All Summer Long for All Ages
Once again, the Algoma District School Board offered students of all ages a variety of program options over the summer.
e-Learning Summer School
This was an opportunity offered to students in Grade 9 through 12. New to the ADSB Summer School program were Reach Ahead courses offered to students entering Grade 9 in the fall. Civics and Careers (in both English and French), History and Biology were some of the additional credit courses offered.
Students enrolled in eLearning through the summer earned 117 credits. There were no less than twenty-four courses accessed by ADSB students ranging from Grade 12 University English to Grade 10 Careers and Civics.
Over the month of July a total of 127 credits were earned at ADSB’s day school summer programs located at Superior Heights and the Urban Aboriginal sites. In the East, eighteen credits were earned, nine each at Elliot Lake Secondary School and WC Eaket in Blind River. In total, over 300 credits (315) were earned during the summer by ADSB students.
Summer School Successes
During July, there were a variety of courses from English, History, Science and Math offered at Summer School. Students with summer jobs were able to use that job as a Co-op placement and earn 1 credit while they worked.
This summer, thirty-three ADSB students were enrolled in Summer School Co-operative (Co-op) Education and collectively earned 53 credits.
Throughout July, students were required to complete assignments and journals in addition to their workplace jobs. Many wrote that Co-op provided a way for them to determine if a particular line of work was something they wanted to pursue. Others felt that the professional settings in which they found themselves helped to improve their social interactions and they felt they were learning skills that would be useful now and transferable in the future.
One summer student, who worked on the John Faught Fieldhouse building project with Saldan Developments shared, “Summer is almost over, and I think I have learned more than I ever have. Being able to see how things are done makes things easier to pick up on and has given me a ‘deeper’ understanding of all the work that is done.” This student was enrolled as a Construction Specialist High Skills Major. In fact, of the 33 Co-op students, fourteen of them were connected to Specialist High Skills Major programs in their respective high schools.
Many community organizations have committed to overseeing student Cooperative placements in the summer and throughout the school year and ADSB is appreciative of these partnerships to support student learning. Some of the employment partners this summer included:
• Ministry of Natural Resources
• Lake Superior Physiotherapy
• Ontario Parks
• Art’s Council of Algoma
• Old Stone House
• Bellevue Park
• Saldan Developments
• Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre
• Indigenous Friendship Centre
• Sault Ste. Marie Airport
Summer School Refresher for Adults
Northland Adult Learning Centre in partnership with Employment Ontario offered a number of opportunities for adult learners in July. Four programs were offered at the Adult Learning Centre located in Sault Se Marie with classes running in the mornings (various start times), Monday to Friday.
- open study lab offering upgrades in English, Math and Computer
- Retail and Hospitality Training
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Basic Computers
This is an opportunity for high school students to earn a high school and college credit. Students may also need to complete a credit recovery or wish to work on an independent study course. These were all options at summer school offered at Sault College for four weeks in July.
Summer Learning Program (for primary students)
This was the third year that ADSB offered the Summer Learning Program. SLP has been designed to support primary students with literacy needs and to minimize summer learning loss for all participants. It also supports First Nation, Métis, and Inuit primary students with literacy needs while immersing them in a cultural environment. It provides interactive instruction for three weeks in August. Mornings were spent in class and every site had a lead teacher plus two support staff in each classroom. Recreational Learning, including games, sports, physical activities and field trips, were also part of the learning day.
The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) continue to coordinate and provide leadership for this program funded by the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education.